Every year, we have people who want to get involved with Hoopfest, but are unsure which role to choose. Since today (May 6) is National Scrapbook Day, here’s a look at some amazing Court Monitors who have contributed so much to Hoopfest over the years.
The question Hoopfest Operations Manager, Chad Smith, is asked most often is, ‘can I be a Court Monitor even if I haven’t officiated before?’
The answer is simple: yes!
“Officiating experience isn’t necessary for two-thirds of our courts,” Chad says. “We are looking for people whom are comfortable interacting and engaging with the players and having a fun time.”
Court Monitors often play a role in shaping participant’s level of enjoyment during our tournament weekend. No matter your reffing knowledge, we make an effort to place volunteers in an area where they will be the most successful.
If you don’t have other officiating knowledge, don’t fret. Chad provides training to each Court Monitor to make sure everyone is prepared, and enters the weekend with an understanding of the rules.
“We receive many positive comments from our Court Monitors after the event,” Chad says. “Many are glad they tried it and are wanting to know when they can sign-up for next year’s event. We have Court Monitors who have volunteered for ten years or more. Monitors are the life blood of Hoopfest,” Chad says.
Not sure yet? Read up on two Court Monitors who decided one year to get involved, and have since made Hoopfest a tradition. First, meet Leland Brown, the Court Monitor who will forever cherish his Hoopfest memories.
What are the perks of being a Hoopfest Court Monitor?
Each year, Hoopfest provides a Nike hat, T-shirt, shorts and shoes. This year, to show our gratitude for our Court Monitors who work with us the whole weekend, we’re offering even more.
Those who sign up in May will be entered into a raffle 10 times with a chance to win one of the following:
- A Fan Cave Package including a 65″ 4K Smart LED TV w/ HDR and a Klipsch R10B Soudbar courtesy of Huppin’s
- Two-night stay at the Davenport during Hoopfest weekend
- Free Uber rides during the weekend of Hoopfest
- $300 gift certificate at Northern Quest Spa courtesy of DCT Controls
The raffle drawing will take place on June 1, and you must fully complete the weekend duties to win!
Hoopfest is grateful for all of our Court Monitors over the years. To become a part of the tradition of Hoopfest, sign up today to be a Court Monitor for Hoopfest 2017 and you could win a prize!